Makahiki Mahalo from the HCCWaimanalo president

Aloha no everyone.  I’d like to take the time to send out my most heartfelt thank you to everyone who was involved in this years Makahiki.  The success of the event, and the many young lives we touched could not have been accomplished without all of your help.  So be patient with me as I would like to personally thank all the people who helped make the Makahiki a big success.  In the lead of the organizing, and to me, the people who made the Makahiki possible, go out a very deep and sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart, Kahu Roy Brooks, Kahu Ryan Kalama, and my VP Renee Kama, thank you so much for your help, guidance, and endless support, and seeing me through this all, I love all of you very much.  Also, thank you Craig Gorsuch.  Your knowledge and performance in the last 2 years is what gave us a foundation to work off, without you this task would have been much harder, thank you my brother.  Thank you to my different committee’s who volunteered their time, and gave numerous hours of their lives to make it happen.  To the Mahoe family, Kahaunani, Keli’i, Kuilani and all others that helped them in the vendors, information, registration, and t-shirts booth.  And also Kaleo Mahoe, who photographed the whole event, and her son Kahana from Maui, who gave us endless labor and love, and who helped me tie my malo tight so she wouldn’t come loose and you know what.  To Will and Blanche McMillan, and her entire ohana who manned the food booth with spirit and aloha, thank you Ann, Val, Leimomi, Eddie and Faith Ka’iama and her sister Kilohana, and all the young, and not so young volunteers who served over 400 plates, ono food.  And thank you Blanche for handling the permit process.  To Charlie and Gwen Kaihilihiwa for their hale, imu, and sweat.  Much Mahalo Gwen for your tireless contribution and to my bruddah Charlie, much Mahalo for your friendship and wisdom, THANK YOU.  A Big Mahalo to Laura Perry and the Partners in Development Foundation, Inc., especially the women of Na Pono who gave a lot of physical labor not only at the imu, but at the Makahiki itself, and for their turkey donations, THANK YOU Laura, and tell moms I said howzit.  To Blanche Murray, her brother Eddie and his wife Gwyn, who took care of the Keiki Arena and games.  You guys handled that entire event by yourselves with just a few volunteers, thank you Blanche, and no worry, my body sore to.  To Ben Naumu and bruddah Mike who took care of my entertainment and stage, MAHALO, next year we kanikapila all night.  To my bruddah Aaron Kala-Wilsey and his wife Shannon of Y-2-Y,  a special thanks not only for your work on the lele, but also for your sincere and awesome friendship, thank you Hawaiian and God Bless.  To Pohai Ryan who donated her time and money into the hydration booth, not to mention her invaluable efforts in the Media, thank you alumni, maybe next year I get to go on TV with Olena.  To our volunteers: thank you Kerry and your gang from T.J. Mahoney, Julie Dugan and your gang from the Job Corps, Lance Wong and his men of Na Kane, Wyman and his men of Keawe O Ke Kai, and Leighton and his men of Waimanalo Mixed Plate, not to mention the many volunteers who signed up and helped make this Makahiki successful, a big MAHALO.  I’d like to thank Laura Thielen and the Waimanalo Farmers Association for their donations of floral and plant decorations: Warren and Ellen Yee, Scott and Linda Chun, Dave and Mia Thompson, Esther Ota, and Sharon‘s Plants.  Thank you guys so much, all of you gave the Makahiki a special touch with all the plant decorations.  Now I’d like to thank the big boys.  To Shad Kane and his Na Koa, Kahu Kalama Cabigon, and Kahu Ohu Gon III, my deepest and most respectful MAHALO.  I have learned only a little of the Hawaiian culture and protocol to Makahiki from you, but my thirst and hunger for more is always brought out whenever I am in your presence.  I thank you so much for guiding me, and look forward to working and learning more from you guys in the future.  To the Royal Order of Kamehameha, a humble thank you for attending.  Your presence makes our Makahiki special in the sense of Royalty attending and making the event official.  To the City and County of Honolulu. from Gary Cabato, to Keoni Aylett, to brother Purdy and his staff and anyone else I have missed, thank you for your time and effort to make this Makahiki possible.  To the whole gang of Bellows, Major Tony Cambron, Dan Dagdagan, Harriet Horswill, and all of your support staff,  a big thank you for your labor, storage, donations of tents, tables, chairs and a whole lot of love.  And to the rest of our military family that attended or helped, thank you for taking the time to support our Makahiki and the friendship we try and grow between ourselves.  Well gang, if I missed anyone, you know that in my heart I am very thankful for your time and help in making Makahiki 2012 a success.  I’d like to give out one last MAHALO, THANK YOU, and GOD BLESS to everyone involved with this years Makahiki, and CHEE-HOO.

Maynard B. Koa, president.